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10/07/2010

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Gregory

Hey Dan,

I just finished the book and I've got to say (not at all trying to suck up) this is the best baseball book I've read in a long, long time. You really did an amazing job of capturing the times (I'm guessing since I was born in 78') and the characters.

Going in I didn't know very much about Dick Allen and even less about Dock Ellis, but you really encouraged me to seek out their books.

The other thing that impressed me was your ability to edit yourself. This book could have easily been 600 pages, but you very smartly left me wanting more rather than feeling full.

I'll keep my fingers crossed that you'll follow up with a book about the 80's. Lot's of interesting characters plus Reagan, AIDS, and cocaine.

Anyway, fantastic job!

Dan E

Damn, Gregory! Thank you very much for your kind words; really glad to hear that you dug BH&PG.

That said, the original manuscript WAS 600 pages (if not longer), and I have to give serious props to my editor at St Martin's, Rob Kirkpatrick, for helping me whittle it down to something more digestible!

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  • Dan Epstein is the author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s and Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76, both published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press. He writes about baseball, music and other cultural obsessions for a variety of outlets and publications. He lives in Southern California, and is available for speaking engagements.